His words took me back to a place I haven’t been in years.
“But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.” (2Thess 3:3)
Many years ago, I sat surrounded by family and church friends at my parents home. They had come there to try to comfort me… to say something, but no one really knew what to say.
My husband had killed himself.
He had left me with two little boys, babies really, only one and three years old.
My one-year-old was still in the hospital, after major surgery, when my husband took his life. I had been brought to my parents to plan a funeral I didn’t want to have.
Whispered conversations took place around me. Others cried. And I sat in shock. Honestly, I was thinking I’d really like to just die too.
As those very thoughts assailed my mind, a pastor friend walked up and said, “There is a spiritual battle being waged over you and your boys. God is fighting for you.”
If only our human eyes could see the battle being waged in the heavenlies—angel armies, at the command of the Most High, fighting for us, guarding us, from the evil one.
And, in that moment, I felt a strong urge to speak aloud the truth, that I knew, but didn’t yet really feel or see.
I had read Paul’s words. I knew what the Pastor said was true — “But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.” (2Thess 3:3)
I choked back a river of tears, and replied, “The enemy will NOT get a victory here!”
And he has not.
Twenty-four years later, he has not!
Oh, he’s knocked us down a time or two, but our God is stronger!
I’ve seen Him establish us and guard us from the evil one, over and over again. (2 Thess 3:3)
God has been faithful, when I’ve failed.
And I have failed. I’ve gone my way sometimes when I should have gone His. I’ve failed Him, but He’s never failed me. His mercy is new every morning! (Lam 3:22-23)
And, just in case you think otherwise, let me tell you—There’s nothing strong in me but Jesus! He’s carried me, and my now grown sons,, and taken care of us, over and over.
He’s directed my heart to love God and to the patience of Christ (2 Thess 3:5)
His Word has been truth to hold on to! It really has sustained me. That’s why I read it and often share what He is teaching with others.
He is my hope, my joy and my peace! He is still my Rock today.
Yes, the Lord is faithful.
Again and again.
And friend, when you call on Him as Lord, you can count on Him, too. You really can.
He is enough to sustain us when all else seems to fail us.
This I know. And so can you.